Grandmas Apron

Grandmas apron belongs to the good old days - now set firmly in history.

It is amazing how small, seemingly insignificant items can end up playing such a such a large part in the history of past generations.

At some unspecified time in the future, will future generations look back on microwave ovens with nostalgia?

For the sake of the younger generation please read on if you want to know how life was just a few years ago.

The history of APRONS.

It seems our kids don’t know what an apron is or what a useful item it once was.

The principal use of Grandmas apron was to protect the dress underneath because she only had very few ‘good’ dresses.

Also because it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and because aprons used less material.

But along with that, it had so many different uses:

A corner of the apron served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven.

It was wonderful for drying children's tears.

It was an easy ‘towel’ for drying wet hands.

From the chicken coop, the grandmas apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.

In the good old days when company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids clinging to Grandma. And when the weather was cold Grandma wrapped it around her arms.

Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove.

Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.

In the good old days it carried all sorts of vegetables After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls to the compost heap.

In the fall – autumn – the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees.

In the good old days when unexpected company drove up to the house, it was surprising how much furniture the apron could dust in a matter of seconds.

When dinner was ready, Grandma walked outside, waved her apron, and the men folk knew that it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.

It will be a long time before someone invents such a simple and useful item
to replace the ‘old-time' grandmas apron that was so versatile
and served so many useful purposes.


Times have changed

Grandma used to set her hot baked apple pies on the window sill to cool.

Her granddaughters set theirs on the window sill to thaw.

Is this progress? You tell us.

This article has been based on a poem by Tina Trivett
to whom thanks and acknowledgement are given.

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